Johnson, Mason lead CBJ past Coyotes, 3-2

RUSTY MILLER
The Associated Press
Johnson, Mason lead Blue Jackets past Coyotes 3-2
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Phoenix Coyotes' Jason LaBarbera, center, makes a save between Columbus Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger, left, and Derick Brassard (16) during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes 3-2. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Jack Johnson scored his first goal for Columbus, Steve Mason made 38 saves and the Blue Jackets beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in more than a year.

Mason, who struggled all season until recently, has allowed just four goals in two wins over Phoenix and one over Colorado in the last six days.

R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Blue Jackets. Johnson, acquired in the deal that sent Jeff Carter to Los Angeles just before the trade deadline, added an assist.

Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle had goals for the Coyotes, who have lost four in a row in regulation, their longest such skid of the season.